Newport Roman Villa
Isle of Wight
Telephone: 01983 823433
Newport Roman Villa is fondly known by historians as a '1,700 year old country pile'! Discovered in 1926 by a man innocently digging a hole, further excavations revealed extensive remains of a late Romano-British farmhouse built back in 280 AD!
There are recreated scenes within the villa to help kick start the kids' imaginations and also outside there is a replanted Roman herb garden with the same contents as nearly 2,000 years ago! You'll also find an education room with family activities to get stuck into plus a free quiz sheet for kids: what did the Romans ever do for us? (Other than the aqueducts!)
The well-preserved remains at Newport Roman Villa provide a fascinating insight into country life in third century Britain that you simply won't get anywhere else, so it's invaluable for kids covering the period at school.
The Villa has a beautifully preserved bath suite with vintage under floor heating and the remnants of stunning mosaic floors too. You can also find out loads more about the region's experience of the Roman occupation by exploring the exhibition areas, with interesting information panels plus displays interesting artefacts found on the Isle of Wight.
It may not be accurate, but we've heard a rumour that if one arrives in a Toga and on a bicycle, one gets 30% off admission fees! Being frugal was never more fun!
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It may be worth checking out Newport Roman Villa's website to see if there are any special events or seasonal fun things to do that may be going on during the day.
We do strongly suggest you contact Newport Roman Villa before you set off on your family day out, just to make sure they are open and to confirm admission prices, as there is nothing worse than disappointed kids in the back of your car after a long journey.
25 March - 1 November:
Monday - Saturday
10.30am - 4.00pm
July - August
12.00pm to 4.00pm
Prices & Admission
Family ticket £9.00 (2 adults, 2 children)
Under 5s free!
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